Google doodle pays tribute to the man behind film montages, Sergei Eisenstein

Google dedicated its doodle to Soviet film director and father of montage in filmmaking Sergei Eisenstein on the occasion of his 120th birthday. Born in Latvia, he followed the footsteps of his father and took up architecture and engineering. While serving in the Red Army, he developed an interest in theatre and started working as a designer in Moscow.

The doodle shows a series of film rolls in movement therefore depicting iconic imagery in some of Eisenstein’s films. A closer look at the doodle shows sequencing of a number of images in a continuous loop therefore creating the effect of a montage. The doodle also shows a cartoon of a Sergei Eisenstein lookalike, holding a film roll and a scissors depicting a cut or an edit.

His first full-length feature film, ‘Strike’ released in 1925. Some of his other acclaimed works include ‘Battleship Potemkin’, and ‘The General Line’. While his work was widely appreciated, Eisenstein’s structural issues in his films such as camera angles, crowd movements, and montage brought him under fire from the Soviet film community, forcing him to issue public articles of self-criticism.

His cinematic vision was revolutionary as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class. Along with his work on defining motion picture, director Sergei Eisenstein contributed to ‘realistic’ filmmaking depicting the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class.

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